Welcome to the
Youth for Wildlife Conservation Forum
at CITES CoP18


Across the world human activity is causing more threats to wildlife than ever before. The Illegal Wildlife Trade is an urgent global issue. These crimes are pushing species closer to extinction, devastating environments and fuelling corruption, jeopardizing communities around the world.

The good news is, there are solutions. Conservation works. But without dedicated, properly trained and supported individuals the world’s wildlife do not stand a chance. More than ever, we need new voices. We need dedicated, passionate conservationists to come together to form these solutions, to be empowered to act!

This is why Y4WC was formed, and we are proud to announce that this year, 20 inspirational young leaders from across the world will travel to the pearl of the Indian Ocean, the biodiverse country of Sri Lanka. Coming together at the Youth for Wildlife Conservation Forum, these early-career changemakers will collectively explore and learn about wildlife trade and conservation solutions. They will develop their skills to help end wildlife trafficking and build a better, more sustainable world for people and wildlife.

As well as the three-day professional development forum, they will also join 4000 government and NGO delegates in the biggest wildlife conference in the world; the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  Here they will witness the negotiations as they happen, understand greater how these decisions impact their work on the ground and have endless opportunities to network with peers and experts in their field.

By bridging the gap between existing and future policymakers as well as grassroots conservationists, Y4WC is supporting and building a network that is committed to effective policy and management of wildlife that translates to practical, grassroot conservation efforts on the ground.


Due to the terror incidents in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, this event and the CITES CoP18, has been postponed.

Meet the delegates


But wait there is more…

It is not only the twenty in-person participants that will benefit from this initiative. Y4WC is committed to engaging and empowering all early-career conservationists in our network, who will be key in implementing CITES policy, in international negotiations and best practices for wildlife conservation. We are placing a heavy emphasis on engaging our global network so all can benefit from professional development resources, network with peers and experts and have their say in conserving the world’s wildlife.

We need your help to make this forum the best it can be. Please support early-career conservationists and better wildlife conservation practices that will go on to save species around the world by donating here. Together we can support people and save wildlife.


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